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majority reinforced on the right, Macronist setback and return of the RN

The results of the senatorial elections confirmed on Sunday the stability of the Upper House, dominated by the right, and the difficulties of the Macronists, in an election marked by the return of the RN to the Palais du Luxembourg, with three elected officials.

“The Senate will continue to be this essential counter-power to democracy” declared the President of the Senate Gérard Larcher in a press release, at the end of the senatorial elections which confirmed, on Sunday September 24, the stability of the Upper House, dominated by the right. The vote was also marked by the difficulties of the Macronist camp and by the return of the RN to the Palais du Luxembourg, with three elected officials.

“The senatorial majority” of the right and the center “will be reinforced”, rejoiced the head of the LR senators, Bruno Retailleau, to AFP. “The LR group will remain the largest by a long, long way”, with “stability”, he underlined, confirming his candidacy for his own succession at the head of the group.

Bruno Retailleau also denounced a “new failure of the President of the Republic” in the Senate, due, according to him, to the “disconnection of Macronism with the field”.

The right moved forward without pressure in the wake of its leader LR, Gérard Larcher, re-elected for a sixth term in Yvelines before a more than likely confirmation as president of the Senate on October 2. “The Senate will continue to be this essential counter-power to democracy,” declared the latter after the vote.

The LR group in the Senate expects to obtain “143 or 144 senators”, against 145 previously.

Hard blow for Renaissance

Less than eight months before the next major European electoral meeting, 170 of the 348 senatorial seats were to be filled for six years in around forty departments, from Landes to Pas-de-Calais via Paris, the Island from France or Mayotte. The other 178 will be in 2026.

From Sunday morning, the camps of President Emmanuel Macron recorded an emblematic defeat, that of the Secretary of State for Citizenship, Sonia Backès, the only minister in the running nationally, beaten in the second round in New Caledonia by the independence activist Robert Xowie.

This defeat should lead Ms. Backès to leave the government, a rule hitherto applied by the President of the Republic for his ministers in the legislative elections, but neither the Elysée nor Matignon responded to AFP on Sunday on this subject.

Former Renaissance minister Brigitte Bourguignon, already defeated in the 2022 legislative elections, was defeated in Pas-de-Calais.

Among its executives in the Senate, Renaissance saved the seat of Xavier Iacovelli (Hauts-de-Seine), but not Julien Bargeton in Paris. Already reduced in numbers in the Senate, the Macronists united within the RDPI group (24 elected officials) are paying for their weak local roots, and risk seeing their troops diminish.

In Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, the former Minister of Overseas Affairs Annick Girardin was elected.

Like Louis Vogel, elected in Seine-et-Marne, Édouard Philippe’s Horizons party seems more dashing after its municipal victories in Reims or Angers, synonymous with almost won seats.

“Historic victory” of the left in Paris

In a hemicycle still attached to the traditional left-right divide, the Socialist Party (PS) intends to remain the second group in the Senate (currently 64 senators).

“Symbolically, it’s important,” recognizes the socialist leader, re-elected in the North, Patrick Kanner, satisfied with having signed “a win-win agreement” with the communists and ecologists in around fifteen departments. The underlying ambition was to reach 100 left-wing senators in the hemicycle, compared to 91 before this renewal.

The bet was won in the capital where this gathering sent eight of the twelve Parisian senators to the Luxembourg Palace, while the divided right obtained four seats.

The former environmentalist presidential candidate Yannick Jadot thus entered the Senate just like the communist Ian Brossat. This result marks “a historic victory for environmentalists in Paris”, told AFP Yannick Jadot, who sees in it the “rise in power of environmentalists in this territory”.

Yannick Jadot should join a slightly reinforced green group, in particular by Mathilde Ollivier, elected senator for French people abroad, at only 29 years old, and who thus becomes the youngest member of the Senate. “It’s important for my generation, the climate generation too, to be represented in institutions,” she reacted to AFP.

This left-wing alliance did not please rebellious France, dismissed for lack of sufficient local coverage to fill the ranks of the Senate.

Finally the National Rally, absent in the Senate since the departure of Stéphane Ravier at Reconquête, makes its return to the upper house. The far-right party announced it would obtain three seats: Christopher Szczurek in Pas-de-Calais, Joshua Hochart in the North and Aymeric Durox in Seine-et-Marne.

Having returned to the forefront of the media scene in recent months with notable commissions of inquiry (McKinsey Affair, Marianne Fund, etc.), the Upper House likes to emphasize the seriousness of its debates in the face of the tumult of the Assembly.

With AFP


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